My wonderful husband gave me a wedding gift he knew I would love: A trip. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of real life for a long weekend, Tobago is your place. This small island in the Caribbean is a great quick getaway. It’s known for its beautiful beaches and quiet ambiance. There are great restaurants, fresh fruits, rainforests and friendly people. We spent three days in Tobago and had the best combination of relaxation and fun!
Where we stayed:
We stayed at Bacolet Beach Club. It was a nice boutique hotel. We had a clean room on the 1st floor. The AC worked great and the shower was very big! Big bed with netting for extra protection from any mosquitos! The staff was very friendly and helpful! We had a couple snafu’s, but they helped us with all our flight plans. We don’t really recommend the restaurant Cafe Havana. It was good for a free Continental breakfast that our stay came with, but otherwise too expensive for what you got. The breakfast was pancakes, potatoes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, baked beans, cheese, cereal, fruit, toast on request with coffee and tea.The pool was small but clean and nice. There were many lounge chairs and umbrellas around for shade.There is access to the private beach which we used day one. It is on the Atlantic side of the island, so not as pretty as the other side of the island with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. For us it wasn’t an issue to get down the steep stairs, but for those who aren’t as able bodied, it would be hard.
Overall it is a great boutique hotel!
Where we ate:
We had some AMAZING food in Tobago. We ate off site 2/3 nights we were there and for all our lunches. The one night we had reservations, but we were just too tired from the day so we ate at the local restaurant by the hotel.
Street food here is amazingggg. We asked our taxi driver, who specifically works for this hotel, to take us to the best local Roti shop on the island. When we got there, there was a line of locals out the door, and we knew we were in the right place. He/they did not disappoint! The place was called Uptown Food Delight. It was about 10 minutes from the hotel. IT WAS SO GOOD. For about $5 Stephen and I shared a Roti with beef and potato curry with channa. Very great local food.
Then we had lunch at Traditions, a beach bar at Pigeon beach. We had local bake and shark. TO DIE FOR. It was so so good. I wish I could eat at that beach bar all the time. We had a few drinks and relaxed on the beach all day.
For dinner we went to Salsas Kitchen Tapas Restaurant. When you walk up you get a little nervous because it’s locked, but the owner quickly opens the door and shows you to the outdoor patio. The owner is so pleasant and welcomes you and waits on you himself, he even sat down and talked with us for awhile, offering Stephen a glass of some chilled local Rum (he offered it to me too, but I declined). The food was delicious and fresh. They have this garlic bread that is one of their signature dishes, it is soft and buttery amazingness.
The last restaurant we went to was the deck at Buccoo. It is a little ways out, but very quaint with very delicious food! We were the only ones there and the chef came out to make sure we enjoyed our dinner. We started with the mini crab and dumplings, it was the last local food we haven’t tried yet! The chef gave us a chef appetizer to try. We shared the lamb chops and it was melt off the bone delicious!
What we did
We basically hung out on the beaches! We went to Storebay first, when you get there there are guys from the entrance trying to get you to get lounge chairs and umbrellas, lucky for us we wanted them so we negotiated our chairs and umbrella and enjoyed our time on the beach. There were lots of shops and eateries for lunch or snacks or some drinks on the beach!
On the way home from Storebay our taxi driver heard us talking about how we were hoping to get a coconut with some fresh coconut water out if.Without saying anything, he drove us to a local guy who was selling exactly what we were looking for outside of his home and helped us order it. It was a great surprise and so delicious!!!
The next day we were supposed to do a full day tour with another company that called and canceled our tour the morning of. We were a little bummed but our hotel helped us arrange for a 2 hour tour with Frankie Tours. We did a Buccoo reef tour. We sailed through the coral gardens and saw the beautiful corals through the glass bottom boat. We then stopped at Buccoo reef and snorkeled around. We spent extra time at the Nylon Pool to soak and enjoy the waters. The waters of the Nylon Pool is said to have the ability to rejuvenate anyone who swims in it!
After the tour we went over to Pigeon Bay. The guys on the boat were nice enough to drop us off at the dock at Pigeon Point. You have to pay a small fee to get in, but then you get to enjoy the afternoon on the beach. We rented chairs again and just enjoyed watching the sunset and of course having a cocktail!.
All and All we had a great weekend in Tobago! It was relaxing and exactly what we wanted! We highly recommend going there if you are looking for relaxation and some fun!